Earlier in the year, the Land Rover world was surprised by the reappearance of the first production Land Rover Series I ever made in 1948 -- chassis number 1. After years of being stowed away in mystery, it reappeared in the Royal Automobile Club's lobby in London for a week. Needless to say, the journey from being abandoned in a field to being displayed in such a prestigious location made people wonder what mysterious person could have bought the truck and brought it there.
The Royal Family’s affinity for Land Rovers is very well known, and every now and then one of their former trucks comes up for auction. The idea that The Queen may have once sat in the back seat, or even behind the wheel, always makes the truck sell for a bit more than it’s worth otherwise. But when a Range Rover Classic once owned kept at Windsor Castle for royal use went for over $130,000 (£101,250) at the Silverstone Auction, people took notice.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed, held in West Sussex, England every summer, should be on every automotive enthusiast’s bucket list. The famous hill climb always gathers some of motoring's most historic vehicles. This year, as part of the continuing 70th anniversary celebrations, Land Rover used their festival partnership to showcase some of the best of the company’s past and present.
A few months ago, rumors emerged that Land Rover was looking to build a non-SUV vehicle. pulling the Road Rover name for early Range Rover prototypes out of the history books. Now more rumors are coming out about the coming vehicle, and even though they are still rumors, the past few years' rumors about Land Rover have proven pretty accurate.
Land Rovers have always been icons of design on the outside, but one part of them that doesn’t get as much attention is the interesting interior materials they used over the years. Now a collaboration at The Design Museum in London is giving Land Rover upholstery the credit it’s due, by re-covering the benches in the museum’s atrium with 18 different seat fabrics from the past 70 years.
Land Rovers have been the stars of the silver screen since almost the beginning. From The Gods Must Be Crazy to James Bond, they’re a visual byword for Britain, Africa, or adventure. But in the enormous catalog of Rovers in film, there’s one entry that’s a little different from the others – 2008’s musical romantic comedy Mamma Mia!, based on the music of Swedish supergroup ABBA, in which Meryl Streep piloted a Series III 88” around Greece. With the sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, coming out this month, the Series III is once again the name of the game.
A new world record has been set for the longest parade of Land Rovers – 632 trucks that wound their way around Bad Kissingen, Bavaria, Germany under the supervision of officials from Guinness World Records.
Since the classic Defender was discontinued in January 2016, the value of the iconic trucks has skyrocketed globally. In the United Kingdom, there has been a major issue with trucks being stolen out of driveways and parking lots, usually either for export or for their valuable parts.
Land Rovers are a common sight at the weddings of leading families. At the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a few weeks ago, Range Rovers and Discoverys were used in many support roles throughout the day. So perhaps it’s natural that Game of Thrones cast members Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie – also known as Jon Snow and Ygritte – would use Land Rovers in their wedding ceremony, including an well-worn Defender 90 getaway car.
With recent developments in autonomous driving technology having gotten close to mastering driving on the road, Land Rover has appropriately decided that it’s time to start exploring the next frontier: self-driving off-road technology. With the launch of the $5 million Cortex project this month, they’re looking into developing technology that suits their off-roading customer base.
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